I've spent over twelve years working full-time on major label and indie projects alike. Putting my passion and obsession with perfection to use in everything I do, and happy to be one of the rare females in audio!
I'm a Los Angeles-based producer, songwriter, musician mixer, and background vocalist. Early in my career, I earned my stripes as an audio engineer on Music Row, contributing to numerous projects, including Lori McKenna, Blake Shelton, Jewel, Vince Gill, Ingrid Michaelson, and a Grammy nominated album by Dan Tyminski, among others. As a songwriter, producer and background vocalist, my recent and upcoming releases include BANNERS (Island), Josie Dunne (Atlantic), Liz Huett (Interscope), Courage My Love (Warner Canada), and more. My work has been featured in TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Nashville (ABC), Famous In Love (Freeform), Black Ink Crew Chicago (VH1), Music City (CMT), Easy (Netflix), Younger (TV Land), as well in ad campaigns for Lucifer (Fox), Snap, and Dove.
As a producer and background vocalist, my main genres are pop, alternative, indie, electronic/dance, and country. As an engineer and mixer I work in all genres and specialize in vocal production and editing. (The vocals ARE the most important part of every song!)
Every project is different, and I would love to learn more about yours and see if we could be a good creative fit for each other!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with SarahEmily Parish
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A mix of production and writing for major label and indie clients.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Direction, direction, direction. Getting a firm grasp on what you want and the direction you'd like the song to take is the most important piece of information I need to do a great job.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know exactly what you want and know how to describe it to the people you work with. Communication is key to everyone leaving the project thrilled with the results!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Macbook, ProTools, the Waves Complete bundle, an SM7 and a midi keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Shortly after finishing high school, I began working as an assistant engineer at one of Music Row's busiest commercial recording studios. Over the next eight years I spent every day (and many, many nights) working with the best session musicians in the world, Nashville's top artists and songwriters, and honing my skills as an engineer, vocal producer, and mixer. Several years ago I transitioned into writing and producing full-time, while continuing to work as an engineer and vocal producer for a select group of clients.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Inspired by rawness, but always keeps a commercial edge.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more. If you want a room to look bigger, you have to remove some furniture. The same applies when producing a track. :)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, alternative, country and indie.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production and vocal production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A deep knowledge of songwriting, production, knowledge of music theory, and an obsession with perfection.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For full-song production, I always love starting by getting to know the artist and the project as well as possible. This includes talking with them about their vision and listening to any references they provide. After I've completed the track it's normal to go through one or two rounds of tweaks to make sure the client is completely happy with everything!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full-song production and vocal editing